2020 Automotive Engineering

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Undergraduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Hanamura Katsunori  Kizaki Mikio  Asami Yoshikazu  Kaneda Ryo  Kurihara Takuya  Hirata Koichi  Nakagawa Takashi  Miura Mitsuhiro  Hamaguchi Takeshi  Takahashi Tomoshi  Hoshihara Kotaro  Sawamoto Koichi  Maezawa Toshiki  Yoshioka Ryo  Tatematsu Takanori 
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Course description and aims

This course will provide current technologies and significant issues for development of automobile, considering concerned issues, focusing of the following issues.
1. Significant issues for automobiles
2. Power trains and auto-transmission
3. Steering stability by chassis technologies.
4. Aerodynamics around body
5. Thermal management in engine
6. Model base design

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to understand the following issues.
1. Significant issues for automobiles
2. Power trains and auto-transmission
3. Steering stability by chassis technologies.
4. Aerodynamics around body
5. Thermal management in engine
6. Model base design

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
This course will provide a consistent education from fundamentals to solutions of practical issues for installation relating to current advanced researches and development of power trains, auto-transmission, steering stability, aerodynamics, thermal management and model base design by lecturers who are expertized by practical experiences for those fields.


body desgin, steering stability, aerodynamics around body, thermal management in engine, aftertreatment for environment protection, auto-transmission, auto-driving, crash safety, desgin using CAE or MBD

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course is organized by lecture and exercise for homework.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Overview and significant issues relating to automobiles Understand significant issues and direction of development and new technologies in automobiles faced to great change
Class 2 Future technologies of electrification of power trains Learn a technology of electric power trains such as HV, EV and FCV and an electric motorized society in future
Class 3 Current and future technologies of internal combustion engines for power train Learn new technologies on internal combustion engines and future development
Class 4 Reseach and Development of fuel cells and future technologies Learn advances in fuel cell technologies and future plan for development
Class 5 Advances in production technologies and deired manufacturing Learn history of Toyota production technology and desired manufacturing
Class 6 New manufacturing using MBD for development of automobiles Learn a V shape process (planning -> designing -> validation) by Model Base Development and by Model Base System Engineering
Class 7 Advances in conected vhicles supported by electronic technologies Learn technologies required for MaaS (Mobilty as a Serivice), conected services and conected vhicles revolusions of power electronics and relating technologies in future
Class 8 Advances in automatic driving technologies for practical use Learn a fundamentals of advanced safety technologies and significant issues for automatic driving in future
Class 9 Safety technologies for automobiles Understand a comprehensive safety concept, fundamentals and development of safety technologies for collision and its application for practical vhicles
Class 10 Manufacturing process for excellent platforms Understand a current strategy building in quality for platforms
Class 11 Shassis control technologies for comfortable driving and mobility Learn a fundamental of vehicle motion and suspension systems and understand a shassis control technologies for high comfortability to drive with safety
Class 12 Advances in development process for fuel efficiency in automobiles Learn a development process from MILS (Model in the Loop Simulation) to vhicle development through evaluation of a unit
Class 13 Advances in technologies of cooling systems for automobiles Learn research and development of cooling systems well-applied for various power trains
Class 14 Latest trends in material technologies for automobiles Understand the latest trends in material technologies for weight saving, comodity, improved durability

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Some documents will be uploaded in OCW system for each lecture.

Reference books, course materials, etc.


Assessment criteria and methods

Homework report (40%) and the final report (60%) will be evaluated for score.

Related courses

  • SCE.M201 : Fundamental Kinematics and Kinetics for Mechanical Systems
  • ZUL.A201 : Motion and Vibration Control
  • MEC.E201 : Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineeirng)
  • MEC.F201 : Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics
  • MEC.C201 : Mechanics of Materials

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